Associate Director, Scientific Communications & Education, Sickle Cell Disease

Cambridge, MA, United States
Sep 25, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
bluebird bio, a pioneer in lentiviral vector-based gene therapies and cellular immunotherapies, is seeking a dynamic, versatile professional to join its growing Medical Affairs team. At bluebird we are committed to using cutting-edge science to make a real difference for patients with serious rare and genetic diseases. bluebird is conducting clinical studies with an autologous hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy, LentiGlobin, for severe sickle cell disease (SCD). SCD is a progressively debilitating genetic disease resulting in acute and chronic complications that lead to significant morbidity and early mortality, and gene therapy has the potential to offer a transformative new option to patients with SCD. The LentiGlobin clinical programs are preparing for commercialization and the Associate Director, Scientific Communications, SCD will play a critical role in helping the medical community understand the unmet need in SCD and the potential role of gene therapy for SCD.

As a key member of the Scientific Communications and Medical Operations (SCMO) team, the Associate Director, Scientific Communications will lead the planning and development of a broad range of scientific and medical content including publications, internal training, medical information, field medical resources, and external educational materials and programs for SCD. This individual will report to the Director, Scientific Communications and Medical Education, Hemoglobinopathies.

bluebird bio is a dynamic, collaborative, scientifically-driven culture and the successful individual will have broad opportunities to be involved cross-functionally and grow rapidly as the organization evolves. Ability to flex, comfort with ambiguity, and facility with problem-solving are critical as we blaze new paths to bring innovative therapies to patients.

About the role:
  • Lead the development of a Scientific Communications Plan for LentiGlobin in SCD including strategic publications, medical education and congress plans
  • Collaborate with other members of the Medical Affairs SCD Asset Team to develop the Medical Strategic and Tactical Plan for SCD
  • Collaborate with members of the Commercialization Team to develop the Strategic Integrated Product Plan for LentiGlobin in SCD
  • Lead the development of high-visibility scientific abstracts, posters, presentations and manuscripts to share ground-breaking new clinical data and real-world evidence
    • Liaise with external authors as well as clinical development, clinical operations, data management and statistics teams to analyze data and plan publication development timelines
  • Build, update and maintain the Scientific Platform for LentiGlobin in SCD through cross-functional collaboration
  • Participate in analyses and publication planning for data from real world evidence and health outcomes research studies
  • Contribute to overall congress planning and strategy for SCD, attend relevant scientific meetings/congresses and participate in medical intelligence gathering
  • Develop key tactics for medical congresses, including medical affairs booth educational content development, symposia planning, and vendor management
  • Participate in content design and development for symposia, medical FAQs, standard response letters, internal and external training slide decks
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant guidelines, laws, and industry standard best practices
  • Manage and mentor at least one direct report to execute on all planned deliverables

About you:
  • Doctorate degree (PharmD, MD, PhD) in biological sciences and at least 5 years of experience in a biotechnology/pharmaceutical environment required
  • Experience in Medical Affairs required
  • Medical communications and publications planning experience essential
  • Prior launch experience and experience in rare diseases would be a plus
  • Experience managing direct reports would be a plus
  • Ability to write/edit scientific articles, posters and abstracts with a medically strategic mindset
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize and communicate data effectively
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment where results are achieved through influence, cooperation, and the incorporation of multiple points of view
  • Independently motivated, detail oriented and good problem solving ability
  • Excellent organizational skills, with an ability to embrace change and multi-task in an extremely fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communications skills and ability to influence across multiple functions
  • Be ready to embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself